Publishing Info: February 5, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 24, 2012 (DNF)
Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.
In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.
I picked this up and put it down several times before I decided not to finish it (so to speak, since it was an ebook). I was over a quarter of the way through and I was still struggling to find anything enjoyable about it. I didn’t like Mallory (the main character), I didn’t like her family, I didn’t like her friends, I didn’t like any of the possible love interests or the former love interest. I was bored with the setting and the mysteries of the plot remained mysteries too long. I didn’t see it going anywhere and Megan Miranda didn’t drop any clues to really hold my interest. I kept waiting for anything to get interesting and I was just more and more annoyed with the book instead of growing more interested.
I’ve been struggling with my decisions recently with what books I decide to mark as “DNF” and what I should push myself to keep reading. Starting with HYSTERIA, I really decided that I have way too many exciting books to read that I don’t want to waste time forcing myself to read something that I’m just not interested in. I gave it until after a quarter of the way through the book and I still didn’t see any hook. Mallory insists she was innocent of the crime – Was she innocent? Was it self-defense? We barely even touch on ANY of the details to even give me a taste of what’s going on.
Overall, I just felt like I was too much in the dark and I needed a bit more to even start to like Mallory much less be interested in rooting for her. I just decided not to keep going. I have too many books that I’m interested in reading to take so much time with one that I have no interest in. Usually I save my ARC reviews until closer to the pub date but since this one is a negative review, I think it would nicer to post further away from the pub date so as not to discourage people from reading. I’d say my review is more just “Here’s what I thought” and I don’t want to say “Read it” or “Don’t read it”. For HYSTERIA, I would say try it. It wasn’t a bad story — I just wasn’t hooked!
Mallory: I never connected with Mallory. After a quarter of the story, I wasn’t even sure if I SHOULD be on her side. We didn’t get enough details and I felt like she didn’t even seem secure enough in her decisions to side with her. Too many things were held back and I kind of didn’t like her and didn’t want to keep reading about her.
Eh, I just couldn’t get into it. It’s not really one I would personally recommend because I wasn’t a fan of what I read.
5 thoughts on “Hysteria – Megan Miranda”
I received this book to read on Netgalley and didn’t like it either. Unfortunately, I didn’t stop reading it because I felt obliged to read and review it…. Great review! I totally agree with you. Mallory was just boring to me(and considering her situation she should be anything but boring).
I’m sorry you had to finish it! lol. I’ve only recently started being more comfortable not finishing books.
Aw, this one sounded really promising! I hate it when you don’t get any details from the story. I may still try it, but it won’t be any time soon since there are so many others I would rather read.
I’d say still try it!! I just didn’t make a connection with it, but everyone’s different! 🙂
I will pass on this one then! I was intrigued by the concept but unlikable characters=deal breaker!